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PCMCIA releases latest PC card specification

Posted: 09 May 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:pcmcia? pc card? oem? newcard?

Technology trade association PCMCIA has introduced its latest PC Card specification. Codenamed "Newcard", the new specification offers integrated desktop and mobile external expansion into a single standard. Slated for release later this year, the Newcard standard is targeted for OEMs seeking a small footprint for thinner mobile designs and sealed systems for desktop designs.

According to the PCMCIA, the Newcard combines a smaller form factor and faster performance with the PC card's reliability and ease of use. Newcard supports hot swappable device-sharing between mobile and desktop devices, similar to how USB devices can be shared. Desktop users will benefit from Newcard's plug-n-play ease of use, which eliminates the need to open the chassis to add new features. The new standard is OS independent.

Microsoft, Intel, IBM, Dell, HP, Lexar Media, SCM Microsystems, and Texas Instruments support the standard. PCMCIA is also collaborating with the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) and the PCI-SIG (Peripheral Component Interconnect-Special Interest Group) to ensure Newcard supports advanced serial I/O technologies.

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